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It's been a busy day at the polls as early voting begins across the state

ST. PETERSBURG —Florida voters packed early voting sites across the state on Monday, producing long lines and expressing intense passions for and against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. …


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  1. Soldiers struggle to repay enlistment bonuses that they received in error


    After 21 years in the military, three deployments, and a roadside bomb blast that left him bleeding and unconscious, Christopher Van Meter got a letter from the Pentagon saying he improperly received enlistment bonuses and now owed the government $46,000.

    In an undated photo, National Guard Capt. Christopher Van Meter is shown during his deployment in Iraq. [Christopher Van Meter  via the New York Times]
  2. Tom Hayden, civil rights and antiwar activist turned lawmaker, dies at 76


    Tom Hayden, who burst out of the 1960s counterculture as a radical leader of America's civil rights and antiwar movements, but rocked the boat more gently later in life with a progressive political agenda as an author and California state legislator, died Sunday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 76.

  3. In Mississippi, struggling for an Emmett Till memorial that withstands gunshots


    Along a secluded gravel road that runs between a riverbank and cotton fields in the Mississippi Delta region, a purple sign marks the area where Emmett Till's mutilated body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River in the summer of 1955.

    An undated  photo shows the sign marking the site where Emmett Till's body was found in the Tallahatchie River in Mississippi in 1955. The sign has been punctured with bullet holes for eight years. [Emmett Till Interpretive Center via the New York Times]
  4. Blurring effect comes to iPhone 7 Plus with software update


    NEW YORK — Apple's iPhone 7 Plus is getting a new camera capability — the blurring of backgrounds to focus attention on people or other objects in the foreground.

    Apple first announced the "portrait mode" feature in Septembe,r but it wasn't available until the company released its iOS 10.1 software update Monday. It replicates an effect typically limited to larger cameras known as SLRs. While SLRs accomplishes this by controlling how wide the lens opens, the iPhone uses software adjustments. [Associated Press]
  5. Tesla, once beloved by critics, plummets in new Consumer Reports ranking


    Tesla, the upstart all-electric automaker that once landed Consumer Reports' best-ever performance rating, has now achieved a far less impressive feat, with a ranking from the reviewer that labels it one of the least reliable car companies in America.

    In the Consumer Reports reliability survey released Monday, the Tesla Model X, which first rolled out to drivers last year and now starts at $74,000, was panned by drivers frustrated by problems with doors, locks, latches, power equipment, in-car electronics and the climate system. It ranked last for reliability among a dozen luxury mid-sized SUVs. [Associated Press (2015)]
  6. Maddon, Francona match wits in Cubs-Indians World Series

    The Heater

    CLEVELAND — This World Series that starts tonight in The Land is about a lot of things.

    CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 24:  Manager Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs speaks with the media during Media Day for the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 24, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images) 678153269
  7. Errors by Bucs special teams not costly — yet


    TAMPA — The issues have been largely harmless to this point, but as the Bucs seek a third straight win this week, they'll try to get more out of their return game, which struggled in Sunday's 34-17 win against the 49ers.

    Bucs kickoff returner Ryan Smith gets wrapped up during Sunday’s road victory over the 49ers. [Getty Images]
  8. Donald Trump rallies thousands in Tampa, implores them to vote

    State Roundup

    TAMPA — More than 15,000 fired-up Donald Trump fans turned out Monday night to cheer on the presidential nominee heading into the final two weeks of the campaign.

    Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA plays as Donald Trump embraces an American flag at a rally at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre that attracted over 15,000 supporters. Trump is campaigning across must-win Florida this week.
  9. DEP works out deal with Mosaic requiring sinkhole cleanup


    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced late Monday that it had worked out a consent order with Mosaic requiring a cleanup at the massive sinkhole that opened at its facility in Mulberry this summer.

  10. Patience in run game pays off for Bucs


    TAMPA — The Bucs trailed the 49ers 14-0 early in the second quarter Sunday, nearly 3,000 miles from home and relying on three running backs all cut from NFL rosters before this season.

    Bucs running back Jacquizz Rodgers has had the two most active games in his career the past two weeks in terms of carries.

David Rivera uses new ad to take shot at former opponent, Joe Garcia

In his latest ad attempting to discredit his Democratic opponent, David Rivera is now pinning the blame on his longtime foe, former Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia, accusing him of "obsessive attacks against David Rivera." The ad inexplicably also offers up a subliminal message, showing a logo for Granma, the Cuban government paper....


Bucs gunners again forced rare turnover on special teams

Positions on special-teams units aren't as well known as "quarterback" and "linebacker," but the last two Bucs games have shown how much of a game-changing difference can come from gunners battling jammers in punt coverage....


Playwright, actor and spoken word poet Aleshea Harris.

Playwright Aleshea Harris wins national prize for 'Is God Is'

A play by former St. Petersburg resident Aleshea Harris has won The Relentless Award, which honors Philip Seymour Hoffman.  ...